7 Ways Congress Could Give More Leverage to Consumers and Small Businesses in the Financial Marketplace

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By Joe Valenti, Center for American Progress The financial environment remains challenging for American consumers and small businesses. In addition to questions about the future direction and independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the 143 million victims of the Equifax...
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Trump EPA’s Dirty Truck Loophole Is Deadly

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By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council EPA is proposing to roll back emission safeguards against sales of dirty trucks, leaving the public to cough and wheeze on more air pollution. NRDC is opposing the rollback at a public hearing on December 4th in Washington, D.C. The EPA...
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The EPA Knows Glider Trucks Are Dangerously Dirty: It’s Time to Keep Them Off the Road

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, I am speaking at a public hearing at EPA to push back on the agency reopening a “zombie truck” loophole. I wrote about the political motivations behind the attack on public health previously, but we now have even more information about...
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We’re Suing Pruitt for Ignoring the Law That Would Clean Up Smog

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By Seth Johnson, Earthjustice Smog isn’t just unsightly—it’s been linked to increased risk of lung disease and premature death. The EPA strengthened its smog regulations in 2015, saying the new standard would save hundreds of lives a year. But the agency also has to enforce that standard. So...
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What’s at Risk at CFPB: Ability to Deliver Relief to Victims of Financial Flimflams

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By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform When a financial flim-flammer scatters to the wind or goes bankrupt, its victims are typically out of luck. But when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is on the case, the story can have a better ending. Just in the past three months, the......
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Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards—Under Fire?

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By Kate Whitefoot, Union of Concerned Scientists Last year, transportation became the sector with the largest CO2 emissions in the United States. While the electricity industry has experienced a decline in CO2 emissions since 2008 because of a shift from coal to natural gas and renewables, an...
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NRDC to EPA: Red Flags on Imidacloprid Health Risks

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Imidacloprid is one of the most popular and widespread insecticides in the U.S. The neonicotinoid or “neonic” pesticides are used to treat soil, seeds and foliage to control sucking insects such as rice hoppers, aphids, thrips, whiteflies,...
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What Will Become of the CFPB’s Case Against Santander?

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By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform More eyes than ever will be on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, now that a federal judge has refused to immediately block the Trump Administration’s effort to install OMB director Mick Mulvaney as acting director. One thing to watch will...
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The Movement to Stop Chairman Pai from Breaking the Internet

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press Millions of people have gotten involved in the Net Neutrality fight since word of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s awful plan broke through in a big way last Tuesday. #NetNeutrality trended globally on Twitter that day and was the top-trending hashtag in the United States....
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Clean Water Laws Need to Catch Up with Science

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By Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform The field of environmental law often involves tangential explorations of scientific concepts. Lately, one scientific term – hydrologic connectivity – seems to keep finding its way into much of my work. As for many others, this principle of...
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Working People Need a Strong CFPB With a Leader Who Supports Its Existence

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By Heather Slavkin Corzo, AFL-CIO The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created after the Great Recession of 2008 wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy, causing millions of families to lose their homes to foreclosure and forcing millions of working people onto the unemployment rolls. Its...
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Mick Mulvaney’s Malarkey and Trump’s CFPB Funny Business

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By Bret Thompson, Public Citizen This week, Public Citizen joined allies in protest outside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). These protests aim to draw attention to a controversial move by President Donald Trump to turn the operation of the organization over to his budget chief,...
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